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Three high school students sitting at a table talking to a teacher

Teaching

Masters by Coursework

MC-TEACH

Course
Master of Teaching
Duration
2 years full-time
Credit
400
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Switch to a teaching career, and become an early childhood, primary school or secondary school teacher.

Brigid MacDonald

I completed my undergrad honours degree at Curtin and then applied for my Master of Teaching. I’ve had some wonderfully committed and inspiring tutors. Although my course was fully online, I visited the campus library regularly – it’s a fantastic study resource – and student services is always helpful.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked in the top 100 in the world for education.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

The Master of Teaching is designed for people seeking to obtain an initial teacher education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia and/or in a country that recognises Australian teaching qualifications.

The course may also be suitable for qualified teachers wishing to gain an additional formal qualification (if needed) to convert to either Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary Education.

In the Master of Teaching you will gain advanced critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education, to meet the needs of today’s learners.

You will also have opportunities to undertake professional experience, culminating in a professional placement during your final year of study.

CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR

The Master of Teaching offers three majors:

STUDY PERIODS

Instead of being delivered in semesters, theory components of the Master of Teaching are delivered across four terms each year:

  • Term 1: January–March
  • Term 2: March–May
  • Term 3: June–August
  • Term 4: August–November.

Want to fast-track your degree?

The Master of Teaching can be studied in fast-track mode, enabling you to complete this degree in 18 months. Please note that studying the course in this way means you will be overloading in some Uni Terms. If you wish to study in the fast-track mode, you can self-select this mode when enrolling.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • You will be immersed in an e-learning environment, using the web extensively to complement your studies.
  • You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and benefit from a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.
  • We are proud to receive consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education courses in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.

Accordingly, the Master of Teaching course provided by Curtin University is fully accredited by the Teachers’ Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and graduates of the course are able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the course accreditation provided by the TRBWA.

Career information

The future of teaching

New communication technologies will continue to create immersive learning environments and increasingly impact teaching practices, while improving equity and access across education. Assisted learning technologies have the ability to transform learning across the range of education environments – special-needs, early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary.

Curtin students graduate as highly qualified educators able to implement new technologies to provide contemporary learning experiences in classrooms and other learning environments.

What you'll learn

  • draw from theory and research to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  • apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  • assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  • plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  • use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
  • engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership
  • engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  • create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, parent/carers, and the community

Admission criteria

You must have a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution, with at least one year of study in an area relating to the early years, or the primary or secondary curricula.

Applicants will also be required to engage in assessment of non-academic attributes in order to reflect on their suitability for teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.

You also need to meet a minimum standard of English Language Proficiency, as you are required to teach others in English during your professional experience placements.

Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for courses in the School of Education. This course is not suitable for qualified Secondary teachers wishing to change their subject specialisation.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 8.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 8.0
Overall band score 7.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

LANTITE

Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

 

Professional experience placements

All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in schools and early learning centres as part of designated units throughout the course. Professional experience placements must be undertaken in a registered school or early learning centre where the language of instruction is English.

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus and Online

Uni Term 1 and Uni Term 3

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-TEACH
  • CRICOS code: 098318A
  • Last updated on: December 4, 2019